Should Daily Fantasy Sports Games Be Considered Forms Of Gambling?

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Should Daily Fantasy Sports Games Be Considered Forms of Gambling? Approximately 80% of Americans gamble at least once per year, in the amount of approximately $500 billion in 2013 (Aziz). Gambling has long held a tradition in America and is now becoming a ubiquitous industry. In recent years, as the gambling industry evolves with technological advancements, the growth of online sports wagering has created widespread concerns beyond those of traditional casino gambling. Legality of real sports betting, which includes betting on actual teams, players, or scores, is determined at the state level, with only four states (Delaware, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon) deciding it is legal to gamble on real life sports. However, online daily fantasy sports (DFS) companies, such as and, allow consumers to participate in online fantasy sports betting in states that currently ban any form of sports gambling. Although online DFS games may appear harmless, these games are forms of gambling and are just as addictive as casino games of chance. Therefore, DFS games should be prohibited in all states except those already allowing sports gambling.
Before investigating the legality of online DFS games, it is necessary to examine the differences between a game of chance and a game of skill. The major difference is that games of chance are considered gambling while games of skill are not. According to Christine Holleman of North Carolina School of Law, for an…
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